In this day and age, it’s common for women to be extremely busy with barely a chance to breathe. You may be thinking this is only the case for women with children but, it’s definitely not! Many women without children choose not to have them because they’re career-oriented or have a focus on reaching certain dreams and goals before fully settling down.
This means their schedules can be quite hectic making it hard to remember to take care of themselves. In other words, no matter what the reason is for a woman to be busy, the majority of them are so taxed, they can rarely, if ever, find time for self-care. If you find yourself being one of these women, here are a few self-care practices to help you out.
It’s a necessity to make yourself a priority.
Put it On the Calendar
Sometimes, when we’re busy, it’s about impossible to add something to our schedule. Therefore, we often will only fit in self-care if we get the time. Self-care is important because it makes us take time to relax and get the things that stress us, off our mind. It’s been scientifically proven that even a five-minute break will allow the brain to function better than if you keep pushing yourself to stay busy. In order to fit in this time and make it a priority, schedule a time into your day or week. Just as you would prioritize anything else, prioritize some “you” time in order to get a bit of a refresher.
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Do Small Spurts
If you don’t have time to dedicate an entire day, just take a little time every day, such as twenty minutes. A short twenty-minute break each day is a great start and baby steps towards adding in self-care time. Sometimes, it can take time for our minds to adjust to the fact that we need self-care. Many times, we can feel selfish or it can feel wrong that we’re taking personal time if we have so many responsibilities to cover. However, it’s important to remember that sometimes, taking these short breaks can boost our productivity and brain activity.
Find and Target the Stressors
Self-care sometimes means making long-term changes to our routine or focuses. Constant stress can cause serious health problems as well as weight gain. A part of self-care is understanding this and taking a step back to be honest with ourselves in order to see what causes us the most stress. Once realizing what causes us the most stress, we can either completely remove it from our life or lessen its presence in our life. We must find ways to lessen the load on our shoulders daily or it could prove to be disastrous if we’re not careful.
It’s easy to get into a negative mindset when we’re so busy and overwhelmed. It’s also easy to gain depression and feel like we’re stuck in a never-ending circle. Sometimes meditating or focusing on positive thinking will help even if it’s only for a short pause in our day every once in a while. Taking just 60 seconds a couple of times a day to positive and truly focus on positivity, can change your progress and attitude for the entire day.
Make Sleep Important
Although I’m not going to take the time to list out all the issues that lack of sleep can cause, I’m sure many of us are aware that it can’t be good in general. One day, here and there, of a lack of sleep is truly not a big deal. However, when very little sleep is a daily and constant occurrence, serious health issues can arise. Not only that but, mental health can take a hit as well. Making sure you get a normal amount of sleep is vital and can even cause you to be more productive and healthier each day.
Lay Off Being a Perfectionist
Life is full of imperfection. Giving ourselves a little leeway on being perfect is ok. It’s not going to hurt anything if we don’t overachieve on everything we do. Sometimes, just giving your best is all you can do and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. If we put too much pressure on ourselves, it can cause a large amount of unnecessary stress, lack of sleep, etc. It’s just not worth it.
Many of us who are busy often find it hard to say no because we think our full schedule is normal and we can handle it. Be that as it may, sometimes saying no is necessary in order to lessen our schedules a bit and reduce stress. Putting too much on our plate can be unhealthy, leaving us little time to focus on our health and well-being. It’s not hard to find nice ways to say no to people. You don’t have to always so no, just be aware of your schedule and how much you’re adding and choose when to say yes, wisely.
It can be super easy to get busy and forget to take care of our bodies. Personally, the first thing that always gets pushed aside when my schedule gets too busy is exercise and healthier eating habits. I go for the quicker meals because I don’t take time to cook or meal plan. I figure if I’m running around crazy busy, I must be getting some cardio in. However, our bodies need to be pushed beyond what they’re normally used in order for it to be considered exercise. Be sure you’re taking time to actually take care of yourself.
As I stated before, self-care isn’t just going out to a movie, taking a bubble bath, or reading a good book. Implementing self-care for busy women is taking care of yourself in all ways, mentally, physically, spiritually, etc. Having poor self-care practices can cause for quite an imbalance in life. Surprisingly enough, having solid self-care practices can cause you to be more productive, confident, healthy, and even more respected. The moral of the story is to make self care a priority for yourself! You and your loved ones will be grateful you did.
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